Last week, 3A Composites/AirexBaltekBanova revealed details about its contribution to the new Agena Marin Taxi Catamaran. The water taxi feature a sustainable design concept that combines the advantages of 3A Composites’ AIREX® T92 PET foam with a special hull shape to provide visible improvements in fuel efficiency, waste reduction, and ride quality.
“AIREX® T92 … was chosen due to its excellent compression strength, superior shear modulus, and outstanding fatigue resistance properties. Extra value for choosing AIREX® T92 was the PET core eco-friendliness, which fitted perfectly with our Taxi Catamaran sustainable concept” – said Mladen Peharda, Owner & Head of R&D, Agena Marin.
As 3A Composites explains, the prototype of the water taxi was built in “one-off” construction mainly from flat table molds to test the concept on a full-size prototype. The taxi features an “Ultrafine Displacement Hull-form (UDH),” which 3A Composites explains combines deep, ultrafine smart bows with a high bridge deck. This type of hull is designed to wave pierce and never “slam” – resulting in a more comfortable ride for the crew and passengers. Engine power can be reduced to a fraction with smart hull design and construction. The weight reduction improves various other aspects of the boat’s ride and leaves buoyancy available for payload.
3A Composites says using vacuum resin infusion with unique hull and deck composite engineering allows the lightest, strongest, toughest boat possible. It provides maximum stability with industry-leading fuel efficiency. All the bulkheads and deck components were structurally designed to give box construction elements throughout the entire boat.
“After 10 years of research and development, we are proud to present a sustainable catamaran concept tailored to special applications; including water taxi, crew transfers, dive support, commercial fishing, charter angling, and standby duties,” said Peharda.